News & Events Weekly Update

21 June 2021


News and Events across the Diocese of Parramatta and beyond


Diocese of Parramatta Notices


Positions Vacant:

  • Formation for Mission Officers – Mission Engagement Team (MET), Diocese of Parramatta – Applications close Wednesday 10pm 30 June
  • Head of Finance & Business Operations – Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Services Limited (CDPSL) – Applications close 5pm Monday 5 July

More details at:

  • Non-Executive Director (2 positions) – Holy Family Services – Applications close Thursday 1 July

For a copy of the information pack, please contact Anthony Spata on 0402 210 055 or or Sr Grace Roclawska on 0420 754 733 or

Diocese of Parramatta COVID-19 update

Parishes across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains have COVID-Safety plans in place requiring social distancing, maximum attendance figures and other safety measures. It is currently strongly recommended that masks be worn to Mass and other services. You are encouraged to check with your parish on what measures they have in place before attending. For more information, please visit the Diocesan website

Please support our seminarians to answer God’s call to the priesthood

At our Holy Spirit Seminary, Harris Park, young men are training to become future priests for the Diocese of Parramatta. Your caring gift and prayers are needed to support our seminarians to prepare for a life of service to our community. Please give a tax-deductible donation via the Bishop’s Good Shepherd Appeal giving envelopes or online at by 30 June 2021. Thank you for your kind accompaniment.

Manage your Fertility Naturally!

Are you looking for a natural effective method to manage your fertility? Are you trying to achieve pregnancy? Are you breastfeeding and looking for a natural way to space your children? Natural Fertility Services – Diocese of Parramatta might just have the answers you’re searching for. For more information, or to book an appointment, contact Catherine on 0400 427 605 or or visit

Catholic Outlook Magazine book giveaway

With thanks to Catholic Healthcare, the Winter 2021 edition of the Catholic Outlook Magazine is giving away three copies of the wonderful book “Sharing the Wisdom of Time by Pope Francis and Friends” just in time for the World Day of Grandparents and the Elderly. Entries are now open until 15 July 2021. Pick up your copy of Catholic Outlook to get details of how to enter today!

‘The Well’ offers new refreshment in 2021

‘The Well’ is back in 2021. The team are hoping to drip-feed new and relatable content every 72 hours that supports your ministry with family, friends, students, colleagues and strangers. Check it out on

Office for Worship Resources available

The Office For Worship has a range of resources available for purchase for individuals and parishes. Resources such as parent material for a child’s baptism and a collation of prayers can be purchased from the Office For Worship by contacting (02) 8838 3457.

St Bernadette’s Lalor Park Wednesday Evening Devotions

St Bernadette’s Parish, Lalor Park, is hosting weekly devotions to Mary Immaculate and St Bernadette every Wednesday evening at 7pm, followed by Mass at 7.30pm. All are welcome. For more information, contact the parish office on (02) 9672 4037 or

Social Justice COVID-19 Food and Toiletries Drive

Jesuit Refugee Service and House of Welcome are dealing with a 400% increase in emergency assistance calls and are needing to feed over 1,000 people facing destitution each week. You can help by running a food and toiletry drive or donating yourself. Find more information at

Life, Marriage and Family Office Marriage Preparation Courses

Dates for the Diocesan Life, Marriage and Family Office’s in-person marriage preparation weekend courses in 2021 are now available, with the SmartLoving Engaged Online course another option to prepare for your marriage. For more information, or to book your course, visit or call (02) 8838 3460.

Join the bellringers of St Patrick’s Cathedral

The Peal of Bells of St Patrick’s Cathedral have been officially installed. Bell ringing commences 10.30am Sundays ahead of the Solemn Mass. If you would like to enquire about learning to ring the bells, please contact Fr Christopher Del Rosario on For further information, please visit

CatholicCare Blacktown Neighbourhood Aid Volunteers Needed

Blacktown Neighbour Aid, a program with CatholicCare, is looking for volunteers to support our senior clients in the Blacktown area to remain living independently in their own home. If you feel you would like to make a positive difference to other’s lives in this way, please contact the Manager, Deb Woolacott on 0418 114 055 or email

CatholicCare Community Visitors Scheme Volunteers Needed

The Community Visitors Scheme, a program with CatholicCare, is looking for volunteers to provide a friendly visit to residents in local Aged Care Facilities who are lonely or isolated from their family and friends. If you feel you could spare one hour a week or a fortnight to help a person feel more valued and respected, please contact the Manager, Deb Woolacott on 0418 114 055 or email

Themes of Faith 2021 – Diocesan Small Groups Formation Opportunity

A guided exploration of key components of Catholic life through live small group discussion of reading material. The discussion groups are already underway but the remaining 4 out of 10 sessions of the program are still open for sign up until 1 July 2021. Express your interest today and enjoy this shorter experience as a small taste of the full Themes of Faith Program by contacting Donnie Velasco on 0432 042 140 or

Reflective Ministry 2021 – Diocesan Formation Opportunity

Limited face-to-face seating for the Reflective Ministry formation program due to commence in August 2021. Explore Scripture and fundamental themes within Pastoral Theology through this locally developed diocesan leadership program, ideal for those serving in and through Catholic communities. Expressions of interest close 3 August via For further enquiries, contact Donnie Velasco on 0432 042 140 or

Rouse Hill Parish Mandarin Mass

Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Rouse Hill, will commence celebrating Masses in Mandarin on the third Sunday of each month, beginning on 20 June at 3pm. Mass will be followed by afternoon tea. For more information, please contact the parish office on (02) 8883 4063 or email

Pastoral Council Formation and Training: 23 June

The next pastoral council formation and training session will be held this Wednesday 23 June from 7pm to 9.30pm via Zoom. This session will be on ‘Ensuring a Safe and Healthy Pastoral Council’ and will be delivered by Tracy McLeod-Howe, Head of Office for Safeguarding in the Diocese of Parramatta. For any further information please contact Tanya Quinn on or call 0459 133 665.

Glenbrook Parish Spiritual Formation Day: 26 June

You are invited to a liturgical-spiritual formation day hosted by St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook, on Saturday 26 June from 10.30am to 3pm. Rev. Dr. John Frauenfelder from the Australian Institute of Theological Education will facilitate the day which will reflect on “How to participate actively in the Mass?”. Light lunch will be provided. For more details, contact the parish office on (02) 4742 6958 or

**CANCELLED** Archbishop Tim Costelloe SDB Public Lecture: 28 June

Unfortunately, due to uncertainty about recent WA COVID-19 quarantine restrictions, and for health reason, Archbishop Tim Costelloe SDB, Archbishop of Perth and President of the Plenary Council, is unable to commit to deliver the public lecture at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Parramatta, on Monday 28 June.

Tri-Diocesan Social Justice Reflection Evening: 30 June

You are invited to attend a social justice reflection evening jointly hosted by the Archdiocese of Sydney, the Diocese of Broken Bay and the Diocese of Parramatta at the Pennant Hills Bowling Club on Wednesday 30 June from 6pm. The reflection evening will discuss the ACBC’s 2020-21 Social Justice Statement ‘To Live Life to the Full: Mental Health in Australia Today’. RSVP by 16 June to this free event by visiting

CYP LIFTED Retreat “Stay with Us”: 2 – 4 July

Young adults of our diocese are invited to join Catholic Youth Parramatta at this year’s annual retreat. Take some time away from the busyness of everyday life. Get ready for a weekend of new friendships, great food, solid talks and times of quiet and prayer. For 18-35 year-olds, $100 per person. Register at

Office for Worship RCIA Teams Formation Sessions: Starting 21 July

The Office For Worship will be running a series of formation sessions for RCIA coordinators and teams in parishes. The sessions will take place in the evenings and will run over 5 weeks, beginning on Wednesday 21 July 2021. If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact the Office for Worship on (02) 8838 3456 or

Annulment Information Webinar: 21 July

The Diocese of Parramatta’s Tribunal Office, together with CatholicCare Solo Parent Services, are presenting an Information Webinar to help people understand the process of Annulments in the Catholic Church. The event will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 21 July from 7pm to 9pm. Registration is essential. For further details and to register, please call the Tribunal Office on (02) 8838 3480 or email

2021 Faith in Marriage Seminar: 13 August

Guest speaker Robert Haddad will discuss “Living marriage, living faith, ideas to inspire your children” at the Life, Family and Marriage Office’s 2021 Faith in Marriage Seminar on Friday 13 August at St Patrick’s Cathedral Hall, Parramatta, from 7.30pm. The event is free, but booking is required. Free parking will be available at the Cathedral and overflow carpark. Please register your attendance to 02 8838 3460 or



Other Notices


Positions Vacant:

  • Principal – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Thamarrurr Catholic College, Wadeye, Northern Territory – Applications close 23 June 2021
  • Assistant Principal Religious Education – Xavier Catholic College, Wurrumiyanga, Northern Territory – Applications close 4pm 28 June 2021
  • Internal Audit and Risk Officer – Catholic Education Northern Territory, Darwin – Applications close 4pm 2 July 2021
  • Assistant Principal Religious Education – O’Loughlin Catholic College, Karama, Northern Territory – Applications close 4pm 5 July 2021
  • Principal – St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Humpty Doo, Northern Territory – Applications close 7 July 2021
  • Education Officer: EAL/D Teaching and Learning – Catholic Education Northern Territory, Darwin – Applications close 4pm 9 July 2021
  • Expressions of interest – Classroom Teacher – St Francis Xavier Catholic School, Daly River, Northern Territory – contact
  • Expressions of interest – Classroom Teacher – Xavier Catholic College, Wurrumiyanga, Northern Territory – contact

For more details, please visit

Fan the Flame – Towards Plenary Assembly One October 2021

‘‘Do not be afraid; only have faith.” Mark 5:21-24,35-43
While being conscious of the work to be done, we also have much to be thankful for. There are many signs of hope in that members of the faithful persevere with the practice of the faith… and are living their commitment to love of neighbour in myriad ways. (Instrumentum Laboris #65)

Save our Graves

You are encouraged to sign a petition from the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney to reverse the NSW government’s decision to exclude faith and charitable groups from cemetery management. The petition can be signed at

Support Mass for You at Home

Many people who are isolated, in prison, in hospital or don’t have internet rely on Mass for You at Home. The Catholic Mass is broadcast free-to-air each Sunday morning on Channel 10 and WIN at 6am. Find some familiar faces from the Diocese of Parramatta celebrating Mass over the coming weeks. Find out more at

Get vaccinated for the common good

Vaccination against COVID-19 is a morally good thing, providing protection for the person vaccinated and the wider community. Some COVID-19 vaccines are associated with ethically questionable production and research practices, but Pope Francis and the Australian Bishops have advised that it is morally permissible to receive any vaccine made available. More information is available at

Madonna magazine – a gift of spiritual sustenance that lasts a whole year

Madonna magazine, published by Jesuit Communications, is an ideal spiritual companion – containing daily prayers, deep reflections and faith-focused articles. We invite you to subscribe or consider taking out a gift subscription for a loved one for only $53 a year. You can find out more about Madonna, how to subscribe, purchase a gift subscription or donate a subscription on the website:

Helping the education of priests in Rome

Close to the Pope, and experiencing each day the universality of the Church, thousands of seminarians and priests from all over the world are being educated at Pontifical Universities. The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross Foundation in Sydney exists to sponsor candidates to study in Rome. To donate or leave a bequest to the foundation, please visit or contact

St Vincent Pallotti Scholarship Trust

The St Vincent Pallotti Scholarship Trust offers scholarships to enable lay people to further their understanding and skills in leadership/ministry or a specialised activity, such as promoting faith enhancement, social justice and pastoral care. More information and Applications Forms are available on our website Applications close 30 July 2021.

Pastoral Ministry Network Oceania Webinar: 22 June

The Pastoral Ministry Network, formerly NAPPA, is hosting an online Oceania webinar on ‘Being People of Invitation: Creative ways to connect, invite and engage’ on Tuesday 22 June  from 11am to 12.15pm AEST. The webinar will be sharing best practice, in our baptismal call to connect and invite others to share in the Good News. To register, visit

Kanimbla String Quartet Concert at St Finbar’s: 27 June

On Sunday 27 June at 2pm, St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook, proudly welcomes Kanimbla String Quartet, a string quartet based in the Blue Mountains. They enjoy performing a wide range of music, from classical repertoire to modern compositions, including local upcoming composers. Light refreshments will follow the concert. Entry is $20 cash only per adults, with accompanying children free. All are very welcome.

Divine Retreat Centre One Day Worship Pilgrimage: 27 June

The Divine Retreat Centre in Somersby, NSW is holding a one-day worship pilgrimage on Sunday 27 June from 9am to 4pm. The retreat will include praise and worship, adoration, Way of the Cross and Mass. Bookings are required with limited numbers available. Please call (02) 4372 1598 or email to confirm attendance. Visit for more information.

Passion for the Earth Retreat: 6 – 8 July

You are invited to attend a Laudato Si’ camp for adults at the Wooglemai Environmental Education Centre in Oakdale, NSW, from 6 to 8 July. The program  explores the way to Ecological Conversion, drawing on the Theology and Science of the changes emerging from Pope Francis’ teachings. The retreat is $95 for adults and $75 for students. For a camp brochure or enquiries, please contact Br Frank Richardson fms on 0429 595 231 or

Alive in the Spirit Virtual Pastoral Ministry Conference: 8 – 10 July

“Alive in the Spirit”, an innovative online pastoral ministry conference, from 8 to 10 July 2021, will enliven and inspire our Catholic Church through a variety of keynotes, workshops and enriching prayer and worship experiences. To register or find out more details, please go to or contact Lisa Bright on 0448 652 720.

National Catholic Men’s Gathering: 31 July

The National Catholic Men’s Gathering for 2021 will be launched online on Saturday 31 July. Join a diocesan group with your Bishop, or with your Men’s Ministry/Parish group or individually. Three sessions will be provided online, along with reflection questions for group discussion or individual reflection. The gathering aims to inspire and encourage all Catholic men with a vision for personal discipleship, service and mission in the family, parish/diocese and the world. Register for free at

Finding God in Australia Retreat: 6 – 8 August

Fr John Hill CSsR will be presenting a retreat on “Finding God in Australia” at the St Clement’s Retreat Centre, Galong, NSW, from 6 to 8 August. This retreat will provide an opportunity to reflect about life here in Australia and to renew the foundations of faith for the future. Ensuite rooms are $350, with shared facilities $300. To register, please contact (02) 6380 5222 or email

Catholic Engaged Encounter Weekend: 7 – 8 August

How prepared are you for marriage? Engaged Encounter provides you with deeper insights into each other and into married life. We give you a chance to spend time together to strengthen and enrich your relationship. The next Engaged Encounter Weekend will be held on 7 – 8 August. For further information and to register, visit

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Marriage Enrichment Weekend: 21 – 22 August

The Worldwide Marriage Encounter are hosting a Live-Out Marriage Enrichment Weekend from 21 to 22 August at St John Bosco Parish, Engadine. Learn to become the best version of yourselves together and live your best life in love. Book online at or contact Christine and Terry Mahony on 0490 774 419 or


For more events please go to:

Please note, some of these notices have been provided to the Diocese of Parramatta, with the request they be made available to parishes and parishioners. The Diocese of Parramatta makes these notices available for information purposes only and does not expressly endorse any of this material, unless otherwise specified. The Diocese of Parramatta cannot be held responsible for any inaccurate or defamatory content.


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